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Paradesi Synagogue and Jew Town

Paradesi Synagogue and Jew Town Tours and Activities

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One of the world’s oldest active synagogues, and the oldest in the Commonwealth, can be found in the center of the port’s spice district, Jew Town. The district is a particularly historic reminder of Fort Cochin’s multicultural heritage.

The synagogue sits at the center of the district once inhabited by Fort Cochin’s prosperous spice trading community of Malabari Jews, who traveled here from Holland and Spain. Today, apart from the synagogue and faded street signs, reminders of the district’s once-thriving Jewish community are few.

There were once seven synagogues in this quarter of Old Cochin, but Paradesi Synagogue (also called Pardesi) is the sole survivor. It sometimes also known as the Mattancherry Synagogue, as it shares a temple wall with the neighboring Mattancherry Palace. The word ‘paradesi’ is an Indian term for foreigner.

The original synagogue built in 1568 was destroyed by the Portuguese, and the current building with its distinctive clock tower was erected under the rule of the Dutch.

Notable features include the synagogue’s floor of blue-and-white tiles, individually hand-painted in Canton in a willow pattern. Colored glass lamps and glittering Belgian-glass chandeliers hang from the ceiling, and the gold pulpit is richly decorated.

As is traditional, there is a separate upstairs balcony for female worshipers. There are also historic Torah scrolls and copper plates inscribed with the synagogue’s charter of privileges on display.

When you visit the synagogue, make sure to come modestly dressed (no shorts or sleeveless tops allowed).

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Open Sun - Thu, 10am - noon & 3 - 5pm
Jew Town Road, Fort Cochin
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Kochi Shore Excursion: Cochin Harbor Cruise with Glimpse of Cochin Private Tour

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See the top attractions in and around Fort Cochin and Mattanchery on a private 7-hour tour. Start with a motorboat cruise around Kochi (Cochin) Harbor and Bolghatty Island, then visit highlights such as the Paradesi Synagogue, Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace), Santa Cruz Basilica, St. Francis Church, and the Chinese fishing nets. Includes entrance fees, private guide and vehicle, and port pickup and drop-off.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$130.00
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Full Day Private Kochi (Cochin) Shore Excursion

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Explore the landmarks and heritage of Cochin (Kochi) on a full-day tour with your own private guide. Highlights includes a visit to the Dutch Palace, the Paradesi Synagogue, St. Francis Church, the Chinese fishing nets, and take a walking tour in Fort Cochin.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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KOCHI Tuk-tuk tours with Pickup from Cruise Ships

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Our Tuk-Tuk Tours is a local collective of Tuk Tuk drivers who provide personalised tours in and around Fort Kochi. Our tours are tailored to suit your needs, whether you would like to visit all the famous tourist sites or explore local eateries or shop for souvenirs to take back home with you. This tour is the one we recommend for the guests from the Cruise Ships. If you need any further assistance, please feel free to contact us.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Private Shore Excursion to Jewish Heritage of Kochi, India

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Group Tour like a private tour! We pick you up from your hotel. If you are arriving by ship to Kochi you will be met at side of the ship with pager board of Your Name. The tours are customized to suit the arrival and departure schedule of your ship to ensure you have a worry free Shore Excursion. Comfortable transportation, entertaining and enriching experience., We offer a tour to visit the ancient Jewish Heritage in Kochi ( India) It explores the sites of Jewish settlements of Kochi, Muziris aka Kodungallur, Paravoor, Chendamangalam. The tour involves a morning drive to the above villages which give you opportunity to find life of people civilized with great sense of hospitality. The tour visits preserved synagogues at above places which were ancient Jewish Settlements.in India. A lunch break in a beach restaurant and a drive to the modern city of Kochi to visit a synagogue of the Ethiopian Jews which is preserved by the present warden is added attraction of this tour..
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In this 5 days tour we will take you to - Munnar hill station, Periyar wildlife sanctuary (Thekkady) and Alleppey Backwaters. Stay in a private Moving Premium Houseboat
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Kochi Shore Excursion for 'Silver Moon' Passengers. Pick & Drop @ Ship.

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When the Costa Victoria docks at Kochi, make the most of Kerala on a pre-arranged backwater cruise or Kochi shore excursion that frees you from planning anything yourself. Choose to cruise Kerala’s backwaters by houseboat followed by a panoramic Kochi tour. Or delve deeper into Kochi: seeing its Chinese fishing nets and other sights by foot and tuk-tuk. Round-trip transport matching your ship arrival and departure makes everything worry-free.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Cochin Over View

Cochin Over View

See the best of Cochin, including Fort Kochi and Jew Town, with this small-group tour led by a local guide. Other highlights include the beautifully preserved Dutch Palace and the Basilica of Santa Cruz plus the famous Chinese Fishing nets that straddle the Fort Cochi shoreline.
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  • 5 hours
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Best of kochi ! A private tour in kochi with a local guide !

Best of kochi ! A private tour in kochi with a local guide !

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Travel with a local ,Is the best way of seeing things. During the tour , you will be with a local guide from the same city, which will make your day an experience rather than a tour. Know the history ,life and cultures of the old city where more than 30 communities live together in peace and harmony.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Group Tour for half day with hotel or port pickup and drop-Off

Group Tour for half day with hotel or port pickup and drop-Off

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See the best of Cochin with your own personal guide on this private half-day tour, with hotel or cruise port pickup and drop-off. Traveling between sites by private air-conditioned vehicle, hop out to explore the lanes of Fort Kochi, viewing must-sees like St. Francis Church and Santa Cruz Cathedral. Plus, admire the famous Chinese fishing nets and visit the old Jewish quarter of Mattancherry, with its spice market and Paradesi Synagogue. Entrance fees included.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Shore Excursions Glimpse of Kochi

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Cover Kochi's top attractions during this guided shore excursion. Visit the iconic Chinese fishing nets along the shore, learn about European influences in the region at two major churches and stunning, Portuguese-built Mattancherry Palace, and take a stroll through the neighborhood known as Jew Town. Air-conditioned minivan transfers to and from the port are included.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$80.00
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Kochi Private Tour: 3-Hour Fort Kochi and Mattancherry Walking Tour

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Want to experience the beauty, history and culture of Fort Kochi and Mattancherry on foot? Then this tour is for you. Travel back in time and through the streets as you follow your expert guide between the Chinese fishing nets, Jewish Synagogue and Mattancherry Palace that stand as icons of India's southern state. See beautiful murals that portray scenes out of Hindu scripture and learn how this incredible destination has come to be.
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  • 3 hours
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Family Group Excursion to Backwaters of Kerala.

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Family Group Excursion to Backwaters of Kerala. This tour is for families with 4 people who want to ensure exclusiveness of just their family and friends. Thus it gives the convenience of avoiding a crowd of people and be safe in the present pandemic situation. The travellers have the comfort of meeting at the exact spot where the want ot be met...like by the side of their cruiser or at the lobby of the hotel where the stay. The tours are customised to suit the arrival and departure schedule of your ship to ensure you have a worry free Shore Excursion. Air conditioned car or small van is used with local guides who are skilled and experienced The tour covers the Backwater Houseboat Cruise combined with a city tour of Kochi. An early morning drive to Kumarakom and Cruise in the backwaters for 3 hours. After backwater cruise an orientation drive to Fort Kochi heritage area with photos stops at Chinese Fishing Nets. It is full day tour and option to stop for lunch in a local restaurant.
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  • 8 hours
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Get a chance to explore highlights of Kochi, a major port city in Kerala. The biggest city in the state is a must-visit to discover the history of India of colonial times. Chinese Fishing Net, origin unclear, but said to be bought by a Chinese explorer Zheng He, is one of the major attractions. Dig in the history of Kochi by grabbing this opportunity to discover Fort Kochi Beach, Bastion Bungalow, Ernakulam Shiva Temple, and much more accompanied by a marine drive. This guided tour for four hours and thirty minutes will leave you with memories you will cherish for years. The comfortable cars will help you reach all the places and allow you to have a seamless experience. Morning Tour: 10:00 am - 2:30 pm Afternoon Tour: 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Munnar Package Tour.

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Specially designed for Celebrity cruise passengers, this scenic off-shore excursion gives you the best of Kerala in a single day. Cover the highlights of history-filled Kochi, from Portuguese palaces to the bustling spice market. Or, opt to spend the day drifting in a traditional houseboat on the stunning backwaters, with a curry lunch cooked onboard by your own private chef.
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  • 8 days
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$525.00
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Private Tour of Jewish Synagogues in Cochin

Private Tour of Jewish Synagogues in Cochin

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Discover the distinctive architecture of Cochin’s synagogues. See the fusion of Kerala and global styles at the Chennamangalam Synagogue and admire the building’s ornate altar, brightly painted ceiling, and intricately carved staircase and balconies. Visit the Paradesi Synagogue to see rare antiques, glass chandeliers, and lovely hand-painted tiles. You’ll have the chance to explore 3-4 synagogues as part of this fascinating cultural experience.
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  • 6 hours
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Fort Kochi Bike Tour with Pickup from Cruise Ships

Fort Kochi Bike Tour with Pickup from Cruise Ships

Ride to the heritage sites in the island of Fort Kochi and take a stroll in the numerous antique and spice stores in Jew Town located in Mattancherry
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  • 3 hours
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Walking Tour of Fort Kochi to Jewish Town

Walking Tour of Fort Kochi to Jewish Town

The tour aims at exploring Kochi as a local. The public transport like a tuk tuk and public service bus is used which will give you an insight into the life of the people. Also the tour goes to regions like that of Saraswath Brahmins and Marvaris, and Gujarath Brahmins who represent different cultures and life styles.and who live peacefully showing the greatest tolerance in mingling with everyone around. The tour when rides the narrow thorough fares and by-lanes in the tuk tuk will give you a most satisfying experience by all five senses.
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  • 4 hours
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Full Day Kochi Sightseeing Tour - A Guided Experience

Full Day Kochi Sightseeing Tour - A Guided Experience

If you are running short on time and want to explore the whole city then grab this deal!! Explore the city with a full-day tour. You will be picked from the hotel and at first, you will visit Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica and St. Francis CSI Church. Visit Fort Kochi Beach, Bastion Bungalow, Mattancherry Palace and St. George Orthodox Koonan Kurish Old Syrian Church, Jew Town, Aspinwall House, and Indo Portuguese Museum. Explore the culture of Kochi at Ernakulam Shiva Temple, Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary, Basilica Of Our Lady Of Ransom and Kochi International Marina, Hill Palace Museum, Chottanikkara Devi Temple with this tour. Visit Marine drive at last and end your tour at Marine drive. Enjoy fast food and shopping here and then you will be dropped back to the hotel. Duration: 8 hours Starting time: 9.00 am Starting point & Endpoint: All travelers will be picked and drop back to the hotel. Minimum occupancy: 2 Pax Maximum occupancy: 7 Pax
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  • 8 hours
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Jew Town Walk Kochi

Jew Town Walk Kochi

Capture the hues of the Jews town in the city; it’s winding streets, ancient buildings, markets, houses, forts and friendly local people who make it all so colourful and vibrant. We don't want to spill the beans and kill the excitement, Interesting combination of places on this tour, to help you experience the Jews aspects of Kochi, some of that you would easily miss if you are exploring the city on our own.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$12.87
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Half-Day Private Tuk Tuk Tour in Fort Kochi

Half-Day Private Tuk Tuk Tour in Fort Kochi

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Our unique private Tuk-tuk tour of Fort Kochi is tailored to suit all your needs. You can explore all the historical Sightseeing attractions, explore local culture, taste local food and shopping....
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  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$11.73
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Car from Kochi to Munnar or Munnar to Kochi

Car from Kochi to Munnar or Munnar to Kochi

Pick up from Fort cochin , Proceeding to Munnar via Kothamangalam, Neriyamangalam forest, Adimali town for spices to Chiyappara water falls , and spies gardens .on the way.. On reaching Munnar we will drop you at the hotel / resort in Munnar Town.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$100.00
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Private Tour : Glimpse of Kochi

Private Tour : Glimpse of Kochi

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This shore excursion is the perfect way to make the most of your time in Kochi. Tour the incredible sites on a four-hour journey through Fort Kochi, Mattanchery and the Jewish Synagogue. You'll learn about local life from your professional guide, get an up close look at the famous Chinese fishing nets that dot the coastline and explore the best this incredible Southern Indian city has to offer.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$78.00
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KOCHI LOCAL SIGHTSEEING TUK-TUK Tours

KOCHI LOCAL SIGHTSEEING TUK-TUK Tours

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Our Tuk-Tuk Tours is a local collective of Tuk Tuk drivers who provide personalised tours in and around Fort Kochi. Our tours are tailored to suit your needs, whether you would like to visit all the famous tourist sites or explore local eateries or shop for souvenirs to take back home with you. This tour is only for the hotels situated in Fortkochi, Mattancherry and Ernakulam...
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$12.00
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$12.00

Jewish Town Exploration in Kochi - Guided Walking Tour

Jewish Town Exploration in Kochi - Guided Walking Tour

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Capture the hues of the Jews town in the city; it’s winding streets, ancient buildings, markets, houses, forts and friendly local people who make it all so colourful and vibrant. This tour takes you to the unique Jewish town of Kochin. An experienced guide cum storyteller will be with you. He will let you know about the history of this town and Kochi. You will witness some amazing ancient buildings, markets, homes, streets, and cheerful people. Some of the attractions included in this tour are St. George Orthodox Koonan Kurish Old Syrian Church and Latin Church, Mattancherry Palace, Jewish Cemetery, Jew Town, Spice Market, handicraft market, Folklore Museum, and Jewish Synagogue. Don't miss this incredible tour to this raffish Jewish town in Kochi. Starting Point: St. George Orthodox Koonan Kurish Old Syrian Church End Point: Jewish Synagogue Morning Tour: 9 AM to 11 AM Evening Tour: 5 PM to 7 PM
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  • 2 hours
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Paradesi Synagogue and Jew Town hours of operation: Open Sun - Thu, 10am - noon & 3 - 5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Paradesi Synagogue and Jew Town can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 75 Paradesi Synagogue and Jew Town tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Paradesi Synagogue and Jew Town costs USD 8.26. Guided Paradesi Synagogue and Jew Town tours start around USD 8.26 per person. See all 75 Paradesi Synagogue and Jew Town tickets and tours on Viator.
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